Articles by: Liz Fleming
Is a travel writer with weekly columns in the Toronto Star, various other newspapers and tripatlas.com. She's a thrilled to be a blog contributor, and is inspired by the people she's met through White Oaks.

by / on September 30, 2013 at 11:25 am / in INSPIRE

Good Day’s Work

My father, a small town doctor, used to say, “The best cure for insomnia is a good day’s work!”  Never one for going to the gym, my dad was nevertheless one of the healthiest and most active people I’ve ever known. He gardened, built furniture, fished, canoed, shoveled snow, raked leaves…you name it…he did it. And he never had a [...]

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by / on July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am / in HOTEL

Get Outside

So…the sun’s shining, the wind is warm and you’re on holiday. Get outside, you crazy thing you! It’s summer! If you have a bike, a pair of rollerblades or even just a pair of walking shoes, you’re in luck. Niagara is connected to one of the longest trail systems in Canada. If the mood strikes you, you can wander right [...]

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by / on June 24, 2013 at 9:18 am / in INSPIRE

Cleaning Up My Act

Boy oh boy…there’s nothing a writer loves more than an opportunity for a great big juicy metaphor. Yup. We just love comparing one thing to another – makes us seem really…uh…profound. So…let me tell you about the pressure washer my husband got for his birthday. After waiting for the required it’s-your-present-so-you-get-to-use-it-first period, I finally got my turn this weekend. Largely [...]

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by / on May 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm / in INSPIRE

Let’s Talk – Mental Health Week

So…let’s talk. May 6 kicks off the start of National Mental Health Week in Canada – following up on February’s Let’s Talk campaign, we’re dragging that issue right out of its dark corner where we can all deal with it. Good thing and about time. Statistics show that a sizable percentage of us will experience some form of mental illness [...]

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by / on April 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm / in FITNESS CLUB

Mind-Full-Ness

The other day, I did a yoga class with a new instructor who was very keen on mindfulness. Very, very keen. So keen, in fact, that he had us spend what felt like an hour standing and thinking about how our toes felt pressing into our mats, how our fingertips felt brushing against our yoga pants, how our hair felt [...]

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by / on January 28, 2013 at 4:39 pm / in INSPIRE

Listening Out Loud

You never know who’s listening… Be careful what you say….an inveterate eavesdropper like me might just be tuning in to every word. With the all time I spend in airports, train stations and coffee shops, waiting for flights, meetings or the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar, I’m awash in a sea of other people’s loud [...]

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by / on January 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm / in FITNESS CLUB

Resolutions

Bet the locker room was packed this morning, wasn’t it? Just chock full of people trying to carry out their New Year’s resolutions. Don’t worry. It won’t last. Studies show that the vast majority of us don’t keep the resolutions we make for more than a few days – a month at most. I know why. It’s because we resolve [...]

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by / on October 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm / in INSPIRE

Accidental Vacation

I caught a bridge the other day. You have to live in Niagara to know what that means. I’d been hurrying to a meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, rushing too quickly to notice the world around me. The gambler in me made choose to take Queenston Street instead of the highway and that was my undoing. A raised bridge put an end [...]

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by / on July 20, 2012 at 10:03 am / in HOTEL, INSPIRE

Niagara’s Bounty

I went to the grocery store the other day and had my attitude adjusted. Thought I’d pick up a bag of milk – it was $16.00 for three liters. Yup. And the bottle of ketchup I looked at was $14.99 – no kidding. And three, tiny, pale triangles of under-ripe watermelon on a Styrofoam tray? A stunning $3.99. Where was [...]

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by / on June 4, 2012 at 7:30 am / in HOTEL

Return of the Daredevil

Feel as if you’re having trouble finding balance in your life? Try trading places with Nik Wallenda. On June 15, Wallenda, the 33-year old Florida stuntman will saunter across the Niagara gorge, from the U.S. to the Canadian side, balancing on a two-inch wide tightrope. Although there have been other tightrope walkers who’ve challenged Niagara, none have gone straight across [...]

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